Search for missing Anna Maria businesswoman resumes Friday

rdymond@bradenton.comJuly 14, 2011 

ANNA MARIA -- The search of a wooded area for clues to the disappearance of Anna Maria Island businesswoman Sabine Musil-Buehler will resume Friday, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The search will start at 9 a.m. at the end of Willow Avenue near the beach in Anna Maria, according to a news release.

Cadaver dogs on Wednesday discovered “several positive hits” in the area after they accompanied deputies who were checking out items recently found linked to missing businesswoman Sabine Musil-Buehler.

“There were several positive hits and we dug Wednesday, but did not find anything,” Dave Bristow, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Thursday. “We are going to go back out but not today.”

Bristow could not say how deeply deputies dug to try to find human remains.

A spark of life in the Musil-Buehler case began Saturday when resident Ed Moss found some items while clearing some land on Willow Avenue in front of his family’s beach front property.

He was “clearing the land so they could get a better view of the beautiful beaches here and in doing so they located some items that were directly linked to Sabine,” Sheriff Brad Steube said Wednesday.

Steube did not disclose what items were found, but did call it a “significant find.”

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office was still unwilling to reveal what Moss found.

But officials did say the next step in the plan is to have a detective from the sheriff’s office drive to a state prison in the Panhandle with the found items to interview a person of interest in the Musil-Buehler case, Bristow said.

Although no arrests have been made in the case, officials have long called Musil-Buehler’s boyfriend, William Cumber, a person of interest. He was the last person reported to see her alive on Nov. 4, 2008.

“We are going up to talk to him,” Bristow said.

Cumber is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence for violating his probation after she disappeared. He had been on probation for an earlier arson conviction.

Two days after she was last seen, Musil-Buehler’s car was found parked outside a 14th Street West bar in Bradenton, and Robert Corona was arrested on auto-theft charges.

Corona is not considered a suspect in Musil-Buehler’s disappearance however, sheriff’s office officials have said.

Moss said he called deputies right after his discovery, but didn’t think it had anything to do with Musil-Buehler.

Musil-Buehler, who was 49 when she went missing, was an advocate for missing children, a successful business owner and a member of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.

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